According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are set to open contract negotiation talks with David Luiz, who has less than 12 months to run on his current deal with the club.
The 31-year-old, who has represented Brazil 56 times at senior international level, only made ten Premier League appearances for the Blues last season as injuries hit and then-manager Antonio Conte found no place for the 31-year-old in his plans.
New boss Maurizio Sarri immediately reintroduced Luiz to the first team fold though, and the defender has started every game so far this season as the Blues have made a 100% winning start to the new Premier League campaign.
However, unless new terms are agreed soon, Luiz will be able to leave Stamford Bridge as a free agent at the end of the season. As one of Sarri’s preferred centre-backs, this would be a blow to the club, who would also be missing out on the chance to cash in on Luiz, who is valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt.
Despite the club’s obvious desire to keep the Brazilian around, plenty of Chelsea fans are unconvinced by Luiz and don’t feel the club should commit themselves to a new contract for the defender. When the story broke, plenty of Blues fans took to Twitter to voice their disappointment with the development…
I completely not accept this. Christensen deserves more than this guy. I don’t see him a defender!
— Sagar (@sagarhr50) 16 September 2018
Biiiigggg mistake. He is a liability
— Pkay (@FKofie) 16 September 2018
Ohh boyy don’t do it sarri you are digging your grave
— Albert John (@albertjohnv) 16 September 2018
He doesn’t deserve and the only person who we should be trying to get to sign a new contract atm is Eden Hazard.
— Hazard For President (@PresidentHazard) 15 September 2018
I think that we should let him go, he is not the steady, consistent, dependable defender we need for our team. He has no pace and makes too many mistakes. To his credit, he is a good dead ball specialist.
— preslymyers (@preslymyers) 16 September 2018
Let him go
— Robert (@Robert61701461) 15 September 2018